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In Topic: How to add Apposition with Commas in Name?

13 January 2021 - 01:36 PM

It is kind of like the dilemma that one would have with names like:


Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci,  Piero is his father’s first name, and Vinci is the name of the town where he was born.


None of that goes in the surname, so therefore all of it must go into either the given name or the surname suffix.


Or my grandfather Olaf Olsen, where Olsen was a patronymic of his father Ole and his sister went by Marta Olesdotter!


My father would have been Jarl Olafsen but he did not want a patronymic name and was allowed to take a different permanent surname.

In Topic: How to add Apposition with Commas in Name?

13 January 2021 - 12:05 PM

An apposition is in English is an equivalent noun, much like am alias word, “my brother” is an apposition to “Scott” in the sentence:  We had a party with my brother, Scott.


“The Great” would be more like an additional definition of who Alexander is, as opposed to Alexander the Weak.


GEDCOM has trouble with these type of names, and most people would not understand the use nor do most programs.  

Just like people having multiple surnames is not well supported by programs, or the fact that many of my relatives in Norway never had a surname before 1924, or that some in Iceland still don’t!


Surname suffix could be the right place, but most programs would follow US custom of placing it at the end of the name but adding the required space before the value.

In Topic: How to add Apposition with Commas in Name?

13 January 2021 - 09:31 AM

Names are always a little tricky in GEDCOM and how that information is interpreted by the software.


For my education, in Portuguese, do naming customs always place nicknames following the surname?  I know in several other naming customs the nickname is placed following the surname, for example if the actor John Wayne was written using a German custom or in some customs other English genealogical circles, he would be entered as: John Wayne, “Duke”.


Since “the Great” is a nickname, I would enter that into the nickname field to allow the software to organize it properly based on the custom you desire, HOWEVER, RM does not have that feature, and that does not work.


Therefore, if all you want is a proper display of the name in RM I would enter the “Alexandre, o Grande” in the given name field.  It is not technically correct, but will give you the best display.

In Topic: Transferring source/citation details from ANC to RM7

08 January 2021 - 03:02 PM



I would assume that if the Ancestry API does not send the information correctly (or at all) that unless they change their API (the code they use to send information) that RM8 will have the same issue.

In Topic: Forum for RM8 Community Preview

01 January 2021 - 11:12 AM

Do you know how to search for a specific question and answer on the Facebook Forum?  Or for that matter any specific thread in Facebook?   I don’t and would love to learn!